>Eventualy after about two years some one saw (what we already knew) that it was ridiculous and the smocks were abandoned. Did miss those pockets though.
This is why they were abandoned. An OOT refused to wear his. He got in trouble. Still refused to wear it, as I recall he said it looked like a nightgown. He got a court. Refused to wear it. Finally he was Comm Eved and sent home. He eventually left the church and joined the Lisa McPherson Trust.
But his point was across, they stopped forcing OOTs to wear smocks and replaced them with blue vests. I think I was told a couple years ago that now the OOTs aren't required to wear any specific identifying clothing, it's too "out-PR, out-ethnic". Luckily it only took years and years to figure out what was plainly obvious.
I believe there were a lot of changes made in Clearwater in particular in the last 10 years because of the "image" of public and staff there. The staff uniforms were changed from the Sea Org naval type things or the catholic school bow ties to more of a normal business street clothes look. Getting rid of the smocks of the trainees was probably done for the same reason.
In general, you don't see as many staff walking around outside the Fort Harrison as you used to years ago. The front doors don't even seem to exist any more. When staff are bussed in they apparently are let off the bus in a hidden "alley" and walk into the org from a back or side entrance. I guess letting all these uniformed staff off of a bus on Fort Harrison Street was a negative image for the church.
I have wondered about the overhead enclosed walkway that connects the FH with the Superpower building. I bet the idea is to turn the FH into nothing but berthing, staff included. That way, staff will never be allowed to go outside and leave the base. Wouldn't surprise me.